Found February 06, 2012 on My Sports Rumors:
Even after hitting 16 homers and batting .261 last season, Johnny Damon is still on the free agent market. He actually hasn’t even had any serious offers yet which doesn’t surprise me. It’s probably due to his asking price, it’s always too high. Lucky for him though a tweet from ESPN’s Jim Bowden said that there are still four teams interested in him. So I guess he’s still wanted. @JimBowdenESPNxm: There are four teams that are still playing on Johnny Damon to different degree’s: Baltimore, Seattle, Oakland & NYY…surprisingly not TB I’m a little surprised with Seattle and Oakland showing interest. I don’t see how he would fit in with them especially with the size of their ballparks. He’s no longer the true speed guy he once was. A short porch like Yankees Stadium or a hitter’s park like Camden Yards would suit him best. I don’t think he’ll sign anytime soon. All of those teams have interest but I doubt any of them are ready to sign they all probably consider him as a

Sun Sports to televise 150 Rays games in 2012

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Sun Sports will produce and televise 150 Tampa Bay Rays games in high definition during the 2012 Major League Baseball season. Coverage begins on Opening Day when the Rays host the rival New York Yankees on Friday, April 6 at 3:10 p.m. ET. For the first time ever, both home and away game telecasts will feature half-hour Rays LIVE pregame shows and all will...

Player Profile #79: B.J. Upton | OF | TB

Seeing as George is such a fan of B.J. Upton, I almost let him write this player profile. I’m not a huge fan of Upton, but I can be objective…or at least I can try. Just like Chris Young, who we ranked at 105, Upton is a low-average hitter with an elite power/speed combination. Upton has more speed than Young, stealing 40-plus bases each year from 2008-2010, and finally flashed...

Player Profile #74: Ben Zobrist | 2B/OF | TB

Remember that Rays-Twins doubleheader on April 28 when Ben Zobrist erupted for 10 RBI, going 7-for-10 with two homers, five runs scored and a stolen base? I do. If you remove that one day from Zobrist’s 2011 stat line, he finishes the season with a line of 95 runs, 18 homers, 81 RBI, 18 steals and a .261 average. Those stats would have ranked 85th last season instead of 40th. That’s...

Rays' Joyce gets young ball players into the swing

Matt Joyce returns to the North Brandon Little League where his camp offers kids tips, a chance to talk to a big leaguer, and $10,000 for the organization to do some field renovations.

A Possible Future HOF Available to Mets on the Cheap

Reports indicate that Johnny Damon is looking for a contract in the $5 million dollar range. I doubt he can score that kind of deal this late in the offseason, so maybe the Mets should see if they could swoop in and sign him to an incentive-laden deal. Where would Damon fit? How about centerfield? Yes, I know the issues with the pop-gun arm, however Damon can still hit (.261/16...

Inbox: Can Zobrist be an All-Star?

Would Ben Zobrist be an All-Star if he played only one position? Rays beat reporter Bill Chastain answers that question and more in the latest edition of his Inbox.

Tampa Bay Rays 2012 Top-50 Prospects

It is time for us to FINALLY unveil our Top-50 prospect list for the 2012 season. Inside you will find a subscriber-only sneak peak at our rankings, which will be released for all towards the end of Spring Training.

Report: Yankees Considering Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon as Options to Help Fill Designated Hitter Role

The Yankees could be reaching into their past to secure their future designated hitter. A day after Raul Ibanez emerged as a candidate to fill the role, reports the Yankees have also looked into Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui as left-handed options to rejoin the club as a designated hitter. Unlike Ibanez, Damon and Matsui have each played for the Yankees and were teammates...

Source: Yanks look at Damon, Matsui, Ibanez

The New York Yankees are considering adding a left-handed bat, and one of the three most prominent remaining free agents -- Raul Ibanez, Johnny Damon or Hideki Matsui -- could be on the team within a week, according to a major league source.

New York Yankees to sign Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui or Raul Ibanez this week?

The New York Yankees are expected to sign a left handed designated hitter who could also serve as a platoon outfielder with Brett Gardner or Nick Swisher this season, and the final three candidates appear to be Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui and Raul Ibanez. One of those three players could sign by the end of this week, although a lot will depend on what their asking price...
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